ARE YOU ADDICTED TO BEING BUSY?
We often mistake being busy with making progress. Maybe it’s time to try making progress by just being still for a moment.
There is a revolutionary new technique that can help us find stillness, gain clarity, and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, and ironically, it helps enable us to be
more productive than ever!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 25, 2014 — Are you addicted to being busy?
We hear a lot these days about the relentless busyness of American life.
Kids and their activities.
Trying to exercise and take care of ourselves.
Trying to fit in coffee or happy hour with a friend every now and then. (Isn’t it weird that it sometimes feels like meeting with someone we genuinely care about is like checking just another item off a list?)
The everyday slow grind of the tasks that accumulate in a week, like bill paying and errand running and house cleaning.
It can all equal days and weeks that fly by in a blur of schedules, obligations, and missed opportunities. Our relationships — with our partners, our kids, our loved ones, ourselves — often suffer as a result of our frenzied running and exhausted disconnection.
Author, Tim Kreider, wrote a beautiful, borderline-heartbreaking New York Times op-ed piece in 2012 called “The Busy Trap.” It was one of the NYT’s most-viewed op-eds; it obviously struck a chord with people, as it reflected both the deep longing people have for more “down time,” but also the insidious way that busyness can become addicting in a couple of big ways: we keep busy (and talk about it a lot) as almost a form of bragging, because being busy makes us feel needed and important; and we keep busy to avoid thinking too much about the things in our lives that would profoundly trouble us if we faced them.
Personal development guru, Danielle LaPorte, reminds her readers that being busy if often just a choice, just a collection of things we’ve decided to say “yes” to. She wrote a popular article on the Daily Love titled, “We Know You’re Busy, Now Shut Up About It.”
Essentially, we overbook our lives as a way to avoid experiencing them fully.
In addition to the havoc this addiction to being busy wreaks on our personal lives, there is another serious downside to relentlessly pursuing busyness: our brains desperately need rest in order to function. Kreider writes:
Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.
The stress of having a life jam-packed with things we don’t really love and that wear us out sends our Lower Brain into overdrive. We need relaxation, rest, and peace in order to ignite the passion and wisdom of the Higher Brain — to grow and heal, innovate and risk, take on big things, imagine big things, create big things.
We often mistake being busy with making progress. Maybe it’s time to make progress by just being still for a moment.
There is a revolutionary new technique called Higher Brain Living® that can help us find stillness, gain clarity, and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, and ironically, enable us to be more productive than ever!
The technique helps to activate more of our Higher Brain. Currently we only use a small percentage of our higher brain, so we have a significant amount of untapped potential.
Are you intrigued by what untapped potential you have?
AWAKEN Higher Brain Living™ Center is offering an introduction to the Higher Brain Living® technique on July 14, 2014, at 6:30pm. Participants are invited to come to the Third Ward Center to hear about the science behind Higher Brain Living® see a live demonstration accessing the higher brain, and ask questions.
To find out more, click here to register.
For more information, contact Tally at 414.793.4168 www.higherbrainlivingThirdWard.com